Epic Old Form final awaiting both Floriana and Sliema W on Sunday

Published: 10-05-2024 11:13

Floriana and Sliema Wanderers are set to cross swords on Sunday in what is expected to be an epic IZIBET FA Trophy Final.

Both teams go head to head for the third time this season, in both previous matches Floriana emerged winners recording a double over Wanderers in league encounters.

In a pre-match Press Conference Floriana coach Mauro German Camoranesi acknowledged that despite all end-of-league heartbreak, he’s pleased with the way the team has performed over the season, enabling the Greens to qualify back for Europe and this possibility of winning this major honour.

Sliema Wanderers coach Paul Zammit underlined the tough run-up his team had to undertake on the road to the final, with matches going beyond the proper ninety minutes, against Balzan, Mosta, and most recently the semifinal win over Birkirkara, with a Joseph Minala extra-time penalty the difference between the sides on Wednesday.

Previously in the earlier stages of competition Wanderers have also knocked out Marsascala.

On their side Floriana, the road to this final saw them overcome in this order, Naxxar Lions, Żebbuġ Rangers, Marsaxlokk, and Gżira United on penalties in the semifinal.

Also in attendance at this Press Conference were midfielder Dunstan Vella of Floriana who is likely to lead his team out as a skipper in the absence of captain Matias Garcia and Vice-Captain Oualid El Hasni, and Mark Scerri, deemed as a one-club man and always loyal to Sliema Wanderers colors and who is, however, unlikely to be on the pitch for the final as he’s still nurturing an injury he suffered earlier in the season.

Both sides have the extra motivation on Sunday to become the most decorated side in this competition, currently both on equal 21 times winners in this FA Trophy.

Sliema’s last success in this competition was back in 2016 beating Balzan on penalties, more recent success was for Floriana overcoming arch-rivals Valletta, recording a 2-1 win after extra-time only two seasons ago.

The last FA Trophy final encounter between the sides was back seven years ago, Floriana emerging 2-0 winners in the 2017 edition.

It’s the biggest game of the season, it’s the Greens against the Blues, the Old Firm derby in this 84th edition of the FA Trophy, at the end and curtains down on the domestic football season 2023/24.